Here are some top helplines for mental health counselling in India

Globally, the total number of people with depression was estimated to exceed 300 million in 2015

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A study reported in WHO, conducted for the NCMH (National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5% of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder (2018)

Add to this new normal, people are facing ill-health, joblessness, financial crises amid the pandemic

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Here are a few helplines where you can turn for help when you are facing a mental health issue:

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1. iCall (022-25521111)

iCall is a helpline run by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It provides counselling and support to people from across India via phone and email

2. Fortis Exam Helpline (918376804102)

For students or parents with queries related to stress, mental wellbeing or even to consult a team of experts and behavioral psychologists

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3. Covidav.com (HELLO@COVIDAV.COM)

Provide free mental health services to those who may need support during the COVID crisis

4. Vandrevala Foundation (1860-266-2345)

Vandravela is run by trained counsellors and the helpline works round the clock

5. Parivarthan (080- 65333323)

Providing multimodal services in the field of mental health, this Helpline is serviced by trained, professional counsellors.

6. BMC-Mpower 1on1

Mpower in partnership with the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) operates this toll-free helpline number, available free of cost for people across cities of Maharashtra

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7. Sahai (080-25497777)

It is provided by Medico Pastoral Association (MPA) and is run by trained active volunteers

8. Ya'all (6009032883)

Queer individuals from Manipur and parts of North East facing food and ration shortages due to COVID lockdown may contact this helpline for support

9. Sumaitri (011-23389090)

A crisis intervention centre for the depressed, distressed and may be feeling suicidal, based in Delhi

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